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Santolina rosmarinifolia

Also known as Holy Flax, Wadi Tops, and Green Lavender Cotton, this is a round, compact, evergreen shrub hailing from the Mediterranean and South West Europe. As an ornamental it is useful for edging (good alternative to buxus), and is great for dry gardens, rock gardens, sunny slopes and xeriscaping.

The leaves are narrow and aromatic, resembling rosemary, and the tips can be harvested and used as an olive-like flavouring in food and cocktails or as a substitute for rosemary. Add the herb to salads, stews, pizza, pasta, pesto, flatbreads, chicken and lamb dishes.

The bush is covered in yellow button-like flowers from late spring through summer, which are attractive to bees and can also be used to make a herbal tea.

Easy care, short lived perennial to 60cm tall and wide. Needs full sun and good drainage. Prune hard in late winter/early spring to retain form. Frost hardy.

Certified organic plant in 9cm pot.

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